Gallery 211 celebrates a decade of art News

Did you know that you can travel the world and never leave Athens? The works of art in 211 Gallery & Studio will take you to another place and time visually with the objects you present at this “art flea market”.

Gallery manager Virginia Reeder knows almost everything about each of the 43 or so local artists on display at the gallery. Almost every secondary art he can present was created by artists between the ages of 15 and 94, and as Reeder describes it, “the variety of what we have here is worth it.”

This week marks the end of a month-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of Gallery 211. What began as a struggle for hire has become a gallery that has continuous performances and also offers classes and many other unique events.

The Community Unity project is a chance for everyone to become an artist with an item to bid on so that someone can enjoy it at home or in the office. This Candian-inspired tree will be sold at auction later this week, and until then, visitors can come to the gallery and draw an inspired circle.

Watch the ray of sunshine peek through Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, first photographed by 84-year-old artist Judy Cameron and then transformed into a moment that can be felt when seen through her paintings. artwork.

Take a walk with people like Stevie Knicks, James Bond, Albert Einstein and others through the art of Steve Willis, former director of the gallery, who in his earliest projects shows creative details and switched to the technique of acrylic casting with portraits on him in his latest works.

Amelia Abni is a 15-year-old from Athens who has been creating works of art for 10 years and has been featured in the gallery for more than 5 years. It sells many of its framed walls as a means of saving for college. The other items she sells are her works of art, turned into greeting cards, in which all proceeds go to the Art for Missions mission she created, which helps provide bibles to reach people in the Middle East.

Don Bullock is the oldest artist featured in the gallery and creates amazing glass mosaics. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because his son is another local artist, Charlie Bullock.

Pam Smith also creates glass mosaics with very intricate details and she said she is impatient and this is the way she focuses completely to cut everything else.

Doreen Poole, a certified instructor by Bob Ross, not only demonstrates wildlife art, but also instructs a drawing class on Thursday night at the gallery for both children and adults.

If you are looking for more tangible objects, Richard Haley creates wooden bowls, the smoothness of which can only be described by touching them and his wife Carolyn, who not only paints but also creates unique jewelry.

Gallery 211 is a consortium that provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in an environment that can lead to sales. As Reeder describes it, it allows everyone to do better than anyone could individually because you can’t show off your work all the time, and that’s the way to do it.

Not all of their artists were represented at the time, as they often hosted special shows. Many of their artists have continued to own galleries and studios, such as Charlie Bullock and Christy Barrett.

Stop this week at 211 N. Palestine in Athens to draw your circle on the tree, and from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, enjoy live music by Daniel Westmoreland as you celebrate the final reception for the show’s founders and friends. Stay up to date on all the events in Gallery 211 at www.facebook.com/211gallery.

Whether your taste is contemporary, traditional, impressionist, photography, watercolor, mosaic or other environment, Gallery 211 has aesthetically pleasing and creative pieces for everyone’s artistic taste at prices that will not break your budget.

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